Lima London

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This Rathbone Place restaurant from Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz was part of the ‘Peruvian wave’ of restaurants to hit the capital in 2012. It proved a success, gaining a Michelin star in 2013 and spawning a sister site (Lima Floral) in Fitzrovia. Plus there's an offshoot in Dubai now, too.  

The small-plates menu showcases classic and modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes range from wild sea bass tiraditos, king crab causa and black bream ceviche with avocado, sweet potato and aji limo to braised octopus, hot scallop ceviche and suckling pig with chicharron, sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry.

Weekend brunches and set menus are also available. 

 

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Venue name: Lima London
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Address: 31 Rathbone Place
London
W1T 1JH
Opening hours: Lunch served noon- 2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £16-£26. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100
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From the reviews this seems like a love-it or hate-it kind of restaurant. I agree that the pricing wasn't cheap but certainly didn't feel robbed. It came to about 50 pounds a head including 2 cocktails each and coffees to finish. The two of us shared three starters; the stand-out dish was defintely the sea bream cerviche, bursting with zingy hot and sour flavours. We mopped up all the juice with the excellent bread served (with two equally delicious dips- ask for it if it doesn't come automatically!). The salmon tiradito was another hit but the artichoke impressed less. We shared a delicious beef main course and then a to-die-for dulce de leche ice cream. Having just returned from a trip to Peru I was happy with the authenticity of the food and the flavours and would definitely recommend this spot as a relaxed but buzzy night out.

tastemaker

One of friends has recently introduced me to Peruvian food - and I've absolutely loved it! Lima is now one of my favourite restaurant in London. 

The food is as excellent as beautifully presented. I was very impressed by the flavours and the quality of food. My friend and I had the Time Out's testing menu including two dishes and a pisco sour - which was a nice way to sample Lima's signature dishes. We recommend their Lomo Steak Huanciana. The meat was so tender, a delight! The King Prawn Chupe was also delicious. We wished to have more! 

Definitely worth a visit as each dish is a beautiful surprise - and it's still affordable for a Michelin star restaurant. 

Tastemaker

The only Michelin star Peruvian restaurant and the first Peruvian restaurant I have ever been to and I was pleasantly surprised. We went for lunch on a time out deal two course for £19 and a pisco sour. I've never had one of these cocktails before and it's was like mohito and quite lethal. The waiters came round with some delicious bread that was made of quinoa and sesame seeds, followed by an amuse busche of mushroom soup. For starters I had the ceviche which was divine in a lovely sauce and for main had the chicken which was lush. We were so full we couldn't manage dessert. My first experience of Peruvian was fab and now I want to go to Peru Top Tip Don't eat too much bread

Tastemaker

Wow what a lovely lunch! Friendly service with lovely breads brought out to begin with and water continuously topped u. Expensive dishes but all exquisitely presented and good quality ingredients. If you're willing to splash the cash I'd recommend the steak starter. The chicken main was huge, with lovely sauce and carb but was a little bland although well cooked. The chupe was delish. Normal pistol sour was amazing. And alfojores for dessert was lovely. The dishes as well as beautifully presented come plated on the most beautiful dinnerware. The decor is bright with nice atmosphere. Well deserved Michele star.

tastemaker

Good food, yet strange service: Table was booked on a Sunday afternoon, when it was not too busy yet had to wait 30min for the water after asking the staff twice. An avocado based dip arrived (compliments of the chef) yet no bread to use for this dip. Once the delicious king prawn chupe arrived there was no spoon to finish the dish; had to ask for it and the waitress seemed genuinely surprised that i wanted to finish the meal. Food was good so willing to give this another try and put this one time experience down to "bad day in the office".


Beautifully presented and delicious food. The service was excellent. I had sent an email when booking a table, explaining we were celebrating a birthday and had a theatre booking after the meal. I was asked on arrival what time we needed to leave for the theatre and the rest was taken care of without another word. The service was attentive but not imposing. Dishes arrived seamlessly with enough time between courses and a birthday message with a candle brought out at the end of the meal without any prompting whatsoever. I will definitely be returning.


Couldn't recommend their set lunch menu more. £19 for a main, a side, bread, amuse bouche and a glass of wine! The restaurant itself is light and airy, with large mirrors to make the space seem even more roomy. The menu changes seasonally and has the option for fresh fish each day. Not knowing much about Peruvian cuisine, it's hard to comment on the authenticity of the dishes - but everything we tried had been made and presented with care. The shot of spicy carrot soup amuse-bouche was so delicious that I was left wishing I could order a whole bowl! But I was glad to get the chance to try the spiced lamb and a wonderful salad of figs and goat's cheese. I didn't have time for a dessert from the à la carte - but they looked and sounded spectacular too. Will definitely return!

Tastemaker

The best ceviche I've had outside of Peru and its worth ordering them all (if theirs enough of you for them to go around). the only downside to the restaurant really is that the ceviche starters are so good that the mains - non cevieche Peruvian food (the purple potato features) - have a hard act to follow and match up to. Well worth going.

Tastemaker

After tasting some of the best Latin food whilst working in Miami (Aromas del Perú I’ll never forget your ceviche!) I returned to London on the hunt for a worthy Peruvian restaurant. Lima, having been awarded 1 Michelin Star since opening in July 2012, was at the top of my list and swiftly became my favourite Peruvian restaurant.


The restaurant itself is modern and full of character, with the main dining room decorated with large mirrors, colourful artwork and a skylight roof, letting in heaps of natural light. The tables are well spaced apart, even though the place isn’t huge (split over two floors) and the service was flawless- they explained the different ingredients of each dish as they served them.


We shared a variety of dishes from their menu – tuna Nikkei ceviche (yellowfin tuna with samphire and radish), octopus olivo (octopus, white quinoa and botija olives), beef Pachamanca (served with wild black quinoa, cusco corn, cow’s milk and aji panca juice), organic roasted lamb rump (served with yellow potato, Andean mint and queso fresco) and cacao porcelana Piura (with cinnamon cream and blue potato) to finish.


All the savoury dishes were incredible looking and tasting. The tuna ceviche was tangy and fresh, octopus was expertly braised and complimented the bright purple drops of olive puree and both meat dishes were tender, packed with flavour and just worked well with the other ingredients! The only dish I wasn’t completely sold on was the chocolate mousse. It was definitely the most unique looking dessert, however, I wasn’t too sure on the mix of textures- the dehydrated blue potato was an interesting addition, but the pieces were just a little too hard to crunch.


I have been recommended other Peruvian places to try, such as Andina, but for now Lima is my favourite and I would definitely suggest going for a special treat.


The Sunday Long Lunch menu is one of the best experiences London has to offer. I really mean that. Lemme elaborate (I'm still tipsy from the free flowing Pisco punch that accompanies the menu):
- First: for a menu coveted by a Michelin star, it is amazing value. Of course, London has a tradition of great value lunches at high-end places, from Club Gascon  in Farringdon to Heston's Dinner in Hyde park, but this beats them all! Value is unheard of for London.
- Second: It's lovely lovely food. We're quite big fans of Peruvian cuisine and this is the best establishment of the nations modern style. Starters - Ceviche is balanced and flavorsome (don't expect the in-your-face tastes of traditional street-food ceviche). Causa is tasty, I was never such a fan now I am. Mains - you get it all on one large board - pork, lamb and chicken. ALL amazing! I was surprised how chicken stood up to other meats. Sides are more traditional Peruvian with a twist. Btw, it is a LOT OF FOOD! Desert - surprisingly lovely although understated. Alfajores with dulce de leche is out of this world. Purple corn jelly, tasted nice but I am never convinced of it (but understand why it's there, it's really a Peru staple and should be represented).
This all is accompanied by choice of free flowing prosecco or pisco punch. Pisco punch packs a real punch, I was drunk by the end of the meal. Again I have to repeat the value here: this is 4 cocktails for a tenner... It would make any Londoner suspicious, but trust me it's amazing.
- Third: Staff is lovely! Attentive, but we were given all the space and time to enjoy. Maître d'hôtel is an absolute pro. Don't know his name but, thank you very much for serving us seconds !! (yes we had seconds)
Lastly, for London to host first star for a Peruvian joint in Europe, and for this value, is really quite cool for London.

Staff Writer

We went here for a quiet cocktail and to share a few plates and for this purpose this place was great. The food was amazing - the flavours so fresh. The sea bream cerviche was definitely the best, the scallops were presented so beautifully we almost didn't want to eat them - they tasted as good too. 


Just delicious! I am a Peruvian food lover and this place is just the best. I've been there 4 times now and could go 10 more.


Food and service are good enough but portions are tiny (especially for the main proteins) for the prices.


Food for the eyes and that’s all! Despite the good presentation, LIMA’s portions are seriously small and the flavors pretty unexciting. It is worth a visit? Well, If you eat like a bird and have enough money to pay £18-22 for a starter-size main course, perhaps you’d be happy to give it a try.


pre booked for last night, arrived, waited over 5 minutes at reception while 4 members of staff looked straight through us....finally seated waited another 10 minutes, zero service, picked up our coats, on leaving the manager said he did not know anybody had been seated at the front, empty part of the restaurant....


I am surprised by the good reviews for this restaurant. I visited last night with great expectations and was sadly disappointed. The portions are tiny, the flavors are unexciting and - having spent some time in Peru - hardly authentic. It was a pity, really. The sea bream ceviche was the only acceptable dish. The worst was the crab with 4,000 metres potato was bland and boring. On the plus side, the pisco sours are pretty good, so I would stick to cocktails and go get food somewhere else.


Lima, overpriced and over rated! My husband and I had been looking forward anxiously for Lima's doors to open, he even became a fan in facebook following all the preparations for the opening. We tried it last night, and it was the biggest disappointment ever. Overpriced for the size of the portions and the Pisco Sour, a typical Peruvian drink, was quite bad. Would not be able to recommend it for the portions were so small I could not quite really taste each dish!


The place is amongst the best restaurants London has to offer, been there on a short trip to england for the olympics,,,,and peruvian food always enchants me, the best!


high cuisine without any doubt,nice place, however the portions are too small,our whole group had to grab some food somewhere else on our way back to home,


The food is elaborate, but very well executed - both starters and mains. This is high end Peruvian cooking, with excellent service and good cocktails, but pricey.